What is Lauren Bacall's net worth? Lauren Bacall's net worth is $20 million dollars. Born in New York, New York, Lauren Bacall, also known as Betty Joan Perske, began studying acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Art, while working as a model and theater usher. She made her Broadway debut in 1942. A year later, Nancy and Howard Hawkes spotted her. The socialite and famous producer took her to Hollywood and groomed her into a starlet. They changed the way she dressed, walked, and talked, and by 1944, with her appearance in the film, "To Have and Have Not", she was already well on her way to becoming a celebrity. She appeared in a number of hit films throughout the late 40s and 50s, including "Dark Passage", "Young Man with a Horn", and "How to Marry a Millionaire". In 1996, she was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in "The Mirror Has Two Faces". She also appeared on Broadway multiple times throughout the 70s and 80s, winning Tony Awards for her work in "Applause" and "Woman of the Year". She was honored with an Honorary Academy Award in 2009.